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    NTC orders ABS-CBN's affiliate Sky Cable to stop operating satellite TV service

    MANILA, Philippines – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued on Tuesday, June 30, a cease and desist order against the Direct Broadcast Satellite Service of ABS-CBN's affiliate Sky Cable.

    NTC orders ABS-CBN's affiliate Sky Cable

    The NTC Administrative Case No. 2020-011 said the legislative franchise granted to Sky Cable Corporation by virtue of R.A. No. 7969 expired on May 4, 2020.

    Under the Radio Control Law, Act No. 3846, it states that "no person, firm, company, association or corporation shall construct, install, establish, or operate a radio station within the Philippine Islands without having first obtained a franchise therefor from the Philippine Legislature."

    Sky Cable was also given ten (10) days from receipt of order to respond as to why the frequencies assigned to it should not be returned.

    UPDATE: NTC orders ABS-CBN to stop TVPlus channels in Metro Manila, Sky Direct

    During the Congress hearing on Monday, ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak appealed to Congress for due process.

    Responding to lawmakers who questioned the broadcast of ABS-CBN programs on SKY that has a lapsed franchise, Katigbak pointed out that the NTC also allowed other companies whose franchises had expired to continue to operate while Congress deliberated on their franchise, saying it will affect a massive number of viewers.

    READ: ABS-CBN asks for due process as NTC poised to issue CDO against Kapamilya Channel

    — The Summit Express

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